Lisa Edwards

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Born in Adelaide, Lisa has been actively involved in the music industry for most of her life. The daughter of a Jazz pianist and a stage performer she was introduced to the entertainment world at the tender age of seven singing along with her father at various venues and making numerous television appearances. Her earliest musical memories are of Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and other Jazz greats. Constantly surrounded with music and watching her idols on television, Lisa dreamed of one day emulating their success.

Lisa listens to the production work of Quincy Jones, David Foster, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and baby Face, to name a few. Although Lisa’s taste in music is quite diverse, she enjoys the work of Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Celine Dion, Prince and George Michael, among others.

In secondary school, Lisa joined with three other students to form the quartet “Harmonie”. They went from appearing on talent programs to performing the club circuit and supporting international acts.

In the 70’s, Lisa worked as a solo artist both in South Australia and Sydney supporting such artists as The Seekers, The Platters, The Drifters and The Pointer Sisters to name a few. Her influences included Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin.

Renowned for her ability to perform live, Lisa has covered many areas in music including jazz, musicals and contemporary material. Her experience also covers television, recordings, live work, dancing and playing numerous musical instruments.

A consummate performer, Lisa’s success as a vocalist has been well documented. She has worked with high-profile Australian acts such as: Noiseworks, Black Sorrows, Real Life, Ross Wilson, Billy Thorpe, Brian Cadd and Kate Ceberano, and was one of the most impressive vocalists on the Kylie Minogue European tour. However, Lisa is probably best known to Australian audiences as one of John Farnham’s accomplished and dynamic backing singers.

She has been a constant member of the Farnham band since 1988, touring both nationally and internationally. Popular with live audiences, Lisa performed the duet ‘Angels’ and ‘Don’t Let It End’ with John on his latest tour, receiving overwhelming responses. She says; “I get a lot of satisfaction from working on stage and in the studio. The opportunities of having met and worked with some wonderful people have provided me with great experience”.

Some of those highlights have been to share the stage with international acts such as Natalie Cole, Al Green, Sting, Brian Adams, Hall & Oats, Cindy Lauper, to Lenny Kravitz and Yoko Ono for the John Lennon Tribute Concert in Liverpool. She has also worked with Tom Jones, and at the opening of the Melbourne Casino with ray Charles in Support to Stevie Wonder.

It had become obvious that this exceptionally talented lady could no longer remain hidden. Recognising her talent, Lisa was signed to a label deal that saw the release of her first solo album ‘Thru The Loop’, from which the song ‘Cry’ achieved gold status throughout Australia.

The last 2 years have been the most challenging and rewarding of Lisa’s career, with 1998 starting off with a national tour with Kylie Minogue, and then heading to Europe for further engagements with John Farnham and Kylie Minogue. Returning to Australia to do a national tour with a trifecta of great Australian talent – John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow on The Main Event, finishing in 1998 with a three week tour with Olivia Newton-John, opening at the Las Vegas Hilton on New Years Eve.

1999 began with a national tour with some of Australia’s top artists – Kate Ceberano, Human Nature, James Reyne and Merril Bainbridge – to celebrate John Farnham’s ‘I Can’t Believe He’s 50’ tour. Then due to the success of Olivia’s 3-week tour in 1998, Lisa was again asked to be a part of a two-month tour with Olivia Newton-John in America. To cap the year off, a spur of the moment decision was made to put on the ‘Tour of Duty’ concert in appreciation of the peacekeeping effort in East Timor. For Lisa Edwards, this was one of the most moving and emotional musical and personal experiences she has ever had in her long time in the music industry.

Lisa, along with all her fellow Australian performers, was treated to standing ovations and more importantly smiles from the people of East Timor, who had lost everything but could now see hope on the horizon.

Exuding sensuality, Lisa is the epitome of sophistication. The versatility of this masterful singer charms the critics and public alike.

Lisa Edwards is one of Australia’s leading performers, poised for phenomenal success both here and in the international market.

Lisa’s philosophy on life is “Let there be more joy and laughter in your living”, and for all those who have heard or met Lisa Edwards, they know she well and truly lives by that philosophy.

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